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Tweetmail No. 74: Summer Blowout

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully, the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

Let’s get to it.

Found him!

He, along with defenseman Ryan Murphy, competed in Smashfest IV in Toronto, which raised money to support concussion and cancer research.

(This question is a few weeks old, but good timing!)

Eddie Lack previewed his helmet in early July, revealing a caricature of Roberto Luongo because #bromance.

Today, Lack posted his new pads, blocker and glove to Instagram. He’s got the #Canes thing down.

This remains an ongoing discussion between Hurricanes Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis and Rick Curran, Eric Staal’s agent. Francis will likely also have face-to-face conversations with Staal when he arrives back in Raleigh later this summer to continue preparing for the 2015-16 season.

Curran also represents Cam Ward, who is entering into the final year of his contract as well.

I spoke with Francis about both Staal and Ward’s future with the team in a three-part sit-down interview you can watch on Part 1 is available here, and stay tuned for the remaining bits tomorrow and Friday.

Unfortunately, that is not the case. Whether Semin signed an NHL contract – he did, in fact, with the Montreal Canadiens – the Hurricanes still owe him the money stipulated by the terms of the buyout. In this case, that is two-thirds of the $21 million remaining on his contract paid out over twice the remaining term of three years; so, $2.33 million per year over the next six years.

Semin’s one-year contract with the Canadiens is worth $1.1 million, per Pierre LeBrun, which means Semin will make $3.43 million in the 2015-16 season.

There are a few names still floating around that could perhaps work, but I don’t get the sense that the Hurricanes are actively looking to add pieces at this point. Certainly if it made sense from a price and term standpoint, I think Francis & Co. would pull the trigger, but if not, I think the team is comfortable standing pat and seeing how training camp shakes out. Internal competition is going to be spotlighted, and that could determine who grabs a final slot or two up front and who beats out who on a crowded blue line.

A schedule of dates has yet to be finalized and approved, but you can expect the Hurricanes to sport their black alternates 12 to 15 times in the 2015-16 regular season.

Last season, the Canes wore their third set 12 times, all at home, and finished with an 8-4-0 record. The team owns a 50-32-6 all-time record in their alternate threads.

The Hurricanes also sported white at home twice in 2014-15 and won both games.

If you missed the big announcement at the Summerfest Celebration, PNC Arena will have public WiFi this season! It’s been a long time coming, but will be a very welcome addition to a building that will celebrate its 16th birthday in October.


I’m getting married this weekend, so Tweetmail is taking a two-week sabbatical and will return on August 19. Join me then for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered – and you’ve got plenty of time to get one in! – you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes (or drop an email here).

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